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Men’s Basketball Falls Short in Semi-finals

by William Rutledge

The Pitt-Greensburg men’s-basketball-team’s season came to an end on February 28. The Bobcats went into this semifinal game after defeating D’Youville College earlier in the week. The game was held at Penn State Erie and pitted the Bobcats against the No. 2 team in the AMCC, Medaille College.

Medaille came into this game on a roll, having beaten Pitt-Greensburg in the two previous games played between the teams this year. The Bobcats fell behind early, but came back with 10 unanswered points of their own to take the lead later in the first half. Medaille’s hot shooting brought them back into the contest, and they went into halftime with a 34-25 lead over the Bobcats.

The good shooting continued for Medaille, and they went up by 10 on the Bobcats near the end of the game. Pitt-Greensburg would answer with 6 unanswered points. Pitt-Greensburg got the lead down to as little as three but could not overcome the deficit. Medaille made just enough shots to stay ahead and won the game 79-73.

Jerell Figueroa led the scoring for Pitt-Greensburg, with 21 points on the night, and was followed by Rocco Contristano, who scored 20 points. Rocco Contristano made a milestone, reaching 1,000 career points in a Pitt-Greensburg uniform.

The season may be over, but the future is certainly bright for this team. With only one departing senior, Brian Heinle, the stage is set for another great season next year with a lot of experienced players. This team is still built for success in the near future.

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